Cornell's Migration to Canvas

All Cornell faculty (or administrative support) will need to move course content from Blackboard to Canvas by the Spring semester of 2020.

Spring migration is now in-progress.* For Fall 2019, new courses and large freshman courses should be taught in Canvas. January drop-in sessions for faculty are ongoing. Check with your college for specific migration plans.

*Note: the sign-up for teaching in Canvas for Spring 2019 is now closed. 

Getting Started

Migrating content from Blackboard to Canvas will require some time and restructuring of course materials. The resources below will help orient you to Canvas and get you started on moving or creating your course content.

Learn to use Canvas by exploring recorded webinars and online tutorials on your own, or by attending a Canvas training session via Zoom or in-person. Drop-in help sessions are available in January.

Request a Sandbox course to explore Canvas and begin designing and building your course. (Once you have your content migrated, Sandbox courses can be copied and published).

Migration Timeline 

A timeline of the Canvas transition, with all courses moved by Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019: The first semester courses can be taught in Canvas, Blackboard will still be available. 

  • Fall 2019: Courses can be taught in Canvas, Blackboard will still be available. 

  • Spring 2020: All courses using an LMS must use Canvas. 

Before January 2020, you can access Blackboard courses as usual. During that time you will be able to download course material in a format that can be brought into Canvas. After January 2020, all course content in Blackboard will be archived and can be accessed by request.

If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact us at: canvas@cornell.edu.